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For Men Only
Arranged and Conducted By Lew Raymond
Jane Mansfield cover. Mansfield won a Golden Globe in 1957 for New Star Of The Year – Actress beating Carroll Baker and Natalie Wood. In 1959 her mainstream film roles had dried up but she continued to make low-budget films and stay in the public eye until her death in a car accident in 1967.
The record, of course, isn't"naughty". This is pop recording featuring decent unnamed studio vocalists.
The Astromusical House Of Virgo Sign Of The Craftsman Or Critic Arranged and Conducted by Ed Bland Producer: Paul Robinson Designer: Oscar De Larenta Booklet The Astrological Series/Volume 1 by Carroll Righter GWP Records Astro Stereo 1006 1969
A series of mood/easy listening LPs featuring Astrological Signs as the conceptual theme which is supported graphically by the work of popular fashion designers who dress the women posed for the cover art.
Hey Jude The Autumn Of My Life Meditation Sophisticated Lady Mona Lisa Solitude September Song Autumn Leaves Satisfaction I'll Get By Fascination
A recording celebrating the roots of Jazz (Funeral Music). Each track gets a brief introduction.
The record features a terrific cover signed by all the members of the Eight Balls!
From the back cover: The Eight Balls formed as a specialty Dixieland group in 1957, and, as all are active members of the Brass Band, they are not recognized as an official unit of Oleika Temple (Lexington, Kentucky). The group is completely self supporting and, as unofficial Goodwill Ambassadors of Oleika, play only for Shrine and Masonic functions.
Members of the group have been honored by a number of special awards, including being commissioned as Kentucky Colonels by the Governor Of Kentucky; receiving the Order of the Braying Burro from Past Imperial Potentate Barney Collins; being appointed, in Spring 1970, Honorary Mayors of the City of Bessemer, Ala., by Past Potentate Jess Lanier, Zamora Temple, the official Mayor.
From the back cover: Played by the world's largest orchestra hit songs from the era of soul, psychedelia and the new generation – over 130 players "turned on" with the songs and sounds of today – the most astounding "trip" ever to be taped.
101's Astro-Sounds may be 101's most astounding "trip", but this LP comes in a close second. This is a great light pop album with a fun psych edge.
Monty Kelly is credited for the arrangements, and if I'm reading the song credits correctly he wrote four of the tunes (Stone Baroque, Karma Sitar, Blues For The Guru and Strings For Ravi).
Here we have an obscure three track orchestral album. Track titles include: Cuban Overture/Gershwin, Mexican Rhapsody/McBride and Latin-Amercian Symphonette/Gould. This is a fun album that wins you over first with the fab cover art and then the music, which has a nice period pop flavor to it.
When I find jackets that cost a small fortune to produce, I ask why did the label think that this set was worth the cost of the packaging? Or was it just the right moment in time to invest in this type of "trend" marketing?
The LP comes in a heavy book-fold jacket that features a die-cut cover (the hat shape is punched out of the cover). There are three nicely designed pages fixed to the spine that feature 4-color and 2-color printing. Decca paid Richard Joseph, Esquire Travel Editor, to write the copy, which is a dry sounding history of the Caribbean.
The album seems to have been created as a "concept" album... meaning that the tracks blend into one another, bridged mainly by canned sound effects. The track I selected, from side 2, may be the most "exciting" of the lot. None of the tracks, in my opinion, support one another so that the effort to create "seamless" content or a flowing theme is lost.
Speneer was competing against the likes of Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman along with a host of other artists and labels who were milking the exotica market that they (Denny, Lyman, etc.) had created. There was lot of competition for buyers.
However, the Billboard reviewer had this to say:
From Billboard - August 8, 1960: This lovely album with wonderful packaging and fine recording of familiar Caribbean folk songs, and entertaining travel tips on Caribbean lands. It is the type of super-duper packaging that with exposure could turn into a big-seller. The Herbert Spencer work plays "The Peanut Vendor," "Jamaica Farewell," "Limbo Man," etc. Good wax.
The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero)
Port-au-Prince Mama Look a Boo-Boo Luna Caribé Don't Talk Too Much Limbo Man Enrolló Day-O Baia (Na Baixa Do Sapateiro) La Martinique Sly Mongoose Jamaica Farewell Song
Havana... 2 A.M.
Jose Madeira and his Orchestra
Carlos Montoya, Guitarist
This is a split set. One artist is featured per side. Montoya is well known and his stuff is likely available for purchase/download. Madeira seems to have made a few LPs but is lost to history. The sample is from the Madeira side.
Moods Impressions Fantasies
Featuring Stanley Black: Percussion Fantasy
New Concert Orchestra - Nat Nyll, Conductor
VOX VX 25-270
Nice early "percussion" album featuring an extended piece written by Stanley Black. Black would go on to release a fine album titled Exotica Percussionin 1961. This could have been a "concept" album for Vox, but only Black's piece and Liter's Two Southern Impressions/Rhumba support each other, the title and cover art. The remaining tracks are standard fair for the time.
Percussion Fantasy (Stanley Black)
A. Caribbean Festival
B. Chinese Show
C. A la Marcia
D. Congo Invocation & Dance
E. Spanish Scena
F. Dolly's Bedtime
G. Ritmos do Brasil
Jota (Monia Liter)
Band 3 Savior Faire (Fredrick Curzon)
Two Southern Impressions (Monia Liter)
A. Bolero - Montuno
B. Cadenza - Rhumba
Aperitif ( Douglas Brownsmith)
Impressions of London ( Ronald Binge)
D. Fleet Street
E. The Tower
F. St. Paul's
Latin Party Rhythms
Wallis Original Record Corp. W4-LP
10 inch 33 rpm on red vinyl. Many or all of the tracks are available for purchase/digital download. Wallis made a name for herself singing risque, satirical songs. Wallis managed to deliver the material she wrote, backed by a studio band, in such a way that her songs sounded like any other decent pop tune of the period, until you focused on the lyrics which were loaded with double enterdre.
This is my first exposure to Driscoll. I purchased the album because of the make-up job and the "downer" song titles. I thought something had to be happening on the vinyl. And what a terrific vocalist Driscoll is. After reading her wiki page I find out that since the 70s she "concentrated on experimental vocal music".
There is a note on the jacket that the tracks "have been perviously released". You can tell that side two tracks were release somewhat earlier than side one and tend to be more "60s" while side one tracks are more "emotive", foreshadowing, if I may be so bold, New Wave song writing and vocal trends. Side one tracks are available purchase/digital download. I couldn't find side two tracks online. However, it's probably best that I don't post a sample.
I Know You Love Me Not
I Didn't Want To Have To Do It
If You Should Ever Leave Me
Don't Do It No More
I Don't Know Where You Are
Shadows Of You
Baby Take Me
Cover Art: Charles E. Murphy
Total Sound Project PR 5021 SD
Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
I Say A Little Prayer
It Must Be Him
Love Is Blue
Ode To Billy Joe
Kiss Me Goodbye
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"
Up Up And Away